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Franz Schubert

Biography

Born: Jan 31, 1797; Austria   Died: Nov 19, 1828; Austria   Period: Romantic
Franz Peter Schubert was among the first of the Romantics, and the composer who, more than any other, brought the art song (lied) to artistic maturity. During his short but prolific career, he produced masterpieces in nearly every genre, all characterized by rich harmonies, an expansive treatment of classical forms, and a seemingly endless gift for melody. Schubert began his earliest musical training studying with his father and brothers. Having Read more passed an audition, Schubert enrolled at the Convict school that trained young vocalists to eventually sing at the chapel of The Imperial Court. Schubert began to explore composition and wrote a song that came to the attention of the institution's director, Antonio Salieri, who along with the school's professor of harmony, hailed young Schubert as a genius. In 1813, after Schubert's voice broke, he returned to live with his father, who directed him to follow in his footsteps and become a schoolteacher. Schubert begrudgingly complied and worked miserably in that capacity by day, while composing prolifically by night. He had written more than 100 songs as well as numerous symphonic, operatic, and chamber music scores, before he reached the age of 20.
Schubert finally left his teaching position to dedicate himself completely to musical pursuits. During the summer of 1818, the young composer worked as a private music teacher to the aristocratic Esterházy family. When he left that post in the fall, Schubert lived a somewhat bohemian lifestyle, composing and spending time with a group of friends that acted as his personal support system. In 1820, Schubert was commissioned by two opera houses, the Karthnerthor Theatre and Theatre-an-der-Wein, to compose a pair of operas. He wrote Zwillingsbruden, and Zauberharfe, both of which were unenthusiastically received. Schubert failed to secure a contract with a publisher, as none were willing to take a chance on a relatively unknown composer who wrote (harmonically) untraditional music. Schubert, along with the support of his artistic friends, published his own work for a collection of roughly 100 subscribers. These efforts, however, were financially unrewarding, and Schubert struggled to sustain himself. His work garnered little attention and contemporary composers dismissed his music as presumptuous and immature.
In 1823, Schubert was elected to the Musikverein of Graz, as an honorary member. Though this brought no financial reward and was an inconsequential appointment, Schubert relished its slight recognition, and to show his gratitude, composed his famous Unfinished Symphony. Five years later, Schubert's music was featured at a concert at Vienna's Musikverein. His work was received quite enthusiastically, and to much critical acclaim. This marked the only time during the composer's life that he enjoyed such success. This seemed to provide Schubert with a renewed sense of optimism, and despite illness, the composer continued to produce at an incredible rate. He began to organize a scheme to increase his artistic popularity, by continuing to evaluate his work and progress as a musician, perhaps even planning to study harmony privately. Schubert's health did not improve, and he soon found himself at death's door. During the composer's last moments, he instructed his brother Ferdinand to ensure that he would be buried alongside Ludwig van Beethoven's grave. Schubert revered the legendary composer, and was grateful to him, as Beethoven had praised his work after hearing a selection of songs. Schubert also highly regarded the work of both Franz Joseph Haydn and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Franz Schubert died of syphilis.
Despite his short life, Schubert produced a wealth of symphonies, operas, masses, chamber music pieces, and piano sonatas, most of which are considered standard repertoire. He is known primarily for composing hundreds of songs including Gretchen am Spinnrade, and Erlkonig. He pioneered the song cycle with such works as Die Schöne Müllerin, and Die Winterreise, and greatly affected the vocal writing of both Robert Schumann and Gustav Mahler. Read less
Schubert: Winterreise / Goerne, Eschenbach
Release Date: 11/11/2014   Label: Harmonia Mundi  
Catalog: 902107   Number of Discs: 1
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Schubert: The Late Piano Sonatas / Paul Lewis
Release Date: 05/13/2014   Label: Harmonia Mundi  
Catalog: 902165   Number of Discs: 2
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Schubert: Die Schone Mullerin / Fischer-Dieskau, Schiff
Release Date: 10/30/2012   Label: Arthaus Musik  
Catalog: 107269   Number of Discs: 1
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Schubert: Wanderer's Nachtlied / Matthias Goerne
Release Date: 03/11/2014   Label: Harmonia Mundi  
Catalog: 902109   Number of Discs: 2
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Gidon Kremer & Kremerata Baltica Play Schubert
Release Date: 02/24/2009   Label: Euroarts  
Catalog: 3072238   Number of Discs: 1
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  • 76.
    Fischer-Dieskau - Salzburger Liederabende 1956-1965
    Label: Orfeo D'or   Catalog: 339050 Release Date: 05/06/2005   Number of Discs: 11
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Johannes Brahms,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Richard Strauss  ... 
    Performer:  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau,  Gerald Moore,  Erik Werba,  Irmgard Seefried
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  • 77.
    Gemini - Schubert: Lieder / Baker, Moore, Parsons
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 86251 Release Date: 02/15/2005   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Dame Janet Baker,  Gerald Moore,  Geoffrey Parsons
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  • 78.
    Schubert: Lieder / Ludwig, Moore, Parsons, Peyer
    Label: Emi Great Recordings Of The Century   Catalog: 62897 Release Date: 09/07/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Geoffrey Parsons,  Christa Ludwig,  Gervase de Peyer,  Gerald Moore
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  • 79.
    Schubert: 24 Lieder / Schwarzkopf, Fischer, Moore, Parsons
    Label: Emi Great Recordings Of The Century   Catalog: 62773 Release Date: 04/06/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Elisabeth Schwarzkopf,  Gerald Moore,  Edwin Fischer,  Geoffrey Parsons
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  • 80.
    Deutsche Schubert-Lied-Edition 16 - Goethe Lieder Vol 3
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8554667 Release Date: 03/16/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Burkhard Kehring,  Johannes Kalpers
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  • 81.
    Schubert: Lieder / Gerard Souzay
    Label: Testament   Catalog: 1313 Release Date: 11/11/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Gérard Souzay,  Jacqueline Bonneau,  Dalton Baldwin
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  • 82.
    The Artistry Of Elly Ameling
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 000121702 Release Date: 10/14/2003   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Antonio Carlos Jobim,  George Frideric Handel,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Franz Joseph Haydn  ... 
    Performer:  John Clayton,  Louis van Dijk,  Elly Ameling,  Jörg Demus  ... 
    Conductor:  Raymond Leppard,  Vittorio Negri,  Edo De Waart,  Antal Doráti  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra,  Berlin Chamber Orchestra,  Lausanne Chamber Orchestra  ... 
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  • 83.
    The Very Best Of Christa Ludwig
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 85099 Release Date: 09/02/2003   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Richard Strauss,  Richard Wagner,  Giuseppe Verdi  ... 
    Performer:  Christa Ludwig,  Geoffrey Parsons,  Gerald Moore,  Teresa Stich-Randall  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan,  Rudolf Kempe,  Carlo Maria Giulini,  Tullio Serafin  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Philharmonia Chorus  ... 
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  • 84.
    The Very Best Of Elisabeth Schwarzkopf
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 85105 Release Date: 09/02/2003   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Engelbert Humperdinck,  Carl Maria von Weber,  Gottfried H. Stölzel,  Rudolf Sieczynski  ... 
    Performer:  Elisabeth Grümmer,  Elisabeth Schwarzkopf,  Gerald Moore,  Edwin Fischer  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan,  Otto Ackermann,  Lovro von Matacic,  George Szell  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Philharmonia Chorus,  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 85.
    Kathleen Ferrier - A Tribute
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 475078 Release Date: 07/07/2003   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Charles Villiers Stanford,  Gustav Mahler,  Franz Schubert,  Johann Sebastian Bach  ... 
    Performer:  Kathleen Ferrier,  Frederick Stone,  Bruno Walter,  David McCallum  ... 
    Conductor:  Bruno Walter,  Sir Adrian Boult,  Sir Malcolm Sargent,  Boyd Neel  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  National Symphony, Washington, D. C.  ... 
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  • 86.
    Once Were Angels - The Tradition Of Boy Trebles
    Label: Griffin   Catalog: 4040 Release Date: 05/27/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Ralph Vaughan Williams,  Orlando Gibbons,  Henry Purcell  ... 
    Performer:  Paul Dutton,  Robin Blaze,  Peter Davey,  James Davis  ... 
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  • 87.
    Schubert: Die schöne Müllerin, etc / Fischer-Dieskau, Moore
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 453676 Release Date: 11/06/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau,  Gerald Moore
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  • 88.
    Schubert: Lieder / Arleen Auger, Lambert Orkis
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 61457 Release Date: 09/10/2002   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Lambert Orkis,  Arleen Augér
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  • 89.
    Schubert: Lieder Von Abschied Und Reise
    Label: Virgin Classics   Catalog: 61912 Release Date: 09/10/2002  
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Christoph Prégardien,  Michael Gees
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  • 90.
    World Of Kathleen Ferrier V.1
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 430096 Release Date: 12/21/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler,  Johannes Brahms,  Franz Schubert,  Johann Sebastian Bach  ... 
    Performer:  Kathleen Ferrier,  Phyllis Spurr
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  • 91.
    Schubert: Lieder / Sarah Walker, Roger Vignoles
    Label: Crd Records   Catalog: 3464 Release Date: 06/26/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Roger Vignoles,  Sarah Walker
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  • 92.
    The Art Of Romantic Song - Schubert, Brahms / Monica Groop
    Label: Ondine   Catalog: 986 Release Date: 06/26/2001   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Monica Groop,  Ilari Angervo,  Alexei Lubimov,  Rudolf Jansen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Jubilate Choir
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  • 93.
    Schubert: 12 Lieder / Schwarzkopf, Fischer
    Label: Emi Classics Références   Catalog: 5674942 Release Date: 01/09/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Edwin Fischer,  Elisabeth Schwarzkopf
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  • 94.
    Schubert: Ausgewählte Lieder / Fischer-dieskau, Demus
    Label: Orfeo D'or   Catalog: 529001 Release Date: 10/17/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Jörg Demus,  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau
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  • 95.
    Heinrich Schlusnus - The Rare Swiss Recordings
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 90401 Release Date: 06/27/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Toubert,  S.H. Eyssen,  Hugo Wolf,  Robert Schumann  ... 
    Performer:  Sebastian Peschko,  Heinrich Schlusnus
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  • 96.
    Schubert: Goethe-Lieder / Fischer-Dieskau, Demus, Moore
    Label: Dg The Originals   Catalog: 457747 Release Date: 06/15/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Gerald Moore,  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau,  Jörg Demus
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  • 97.
    Elisabeth Schwarzkopf - Unpublished Emi Recordings 1946-52
    Label: Testament   Catalog: 2172 Release Date: 03/09/1999   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Hugo Wolf,  Franz Schubert,  Thomas Morley,  Thomas Augustine Arne  ... 
    Performer:  Gerald Moore,  Elisabeth Schwarzkopf,  Karl Hudez,  Jean Pougnet  ... 
    Conductor:  Issay Dobrowen,  Warwick Braithwaite,  Josef Krips,  Walter Susskind
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 98.
    Schubert: Lieder Vol 1 / Ian Bostridge, Julius Drake
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 56347 Release Date: 07/14/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Ian Bostridge,  Julius Drake
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  • 99.
    Ein Liederabend / Anton Dermota
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 93256 Release Date: 07/04/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Strauss,  Hugo Wolf,  Johannes Brahms,  Robert Schumann  ... 
    Performer:  Hilda Dermota,  Anton Dermota
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  • 100.
    Schubert: Goethe Lieder / Goerne, Haefliger
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 452917 Release Date: 08/12/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Andreas Haefliger,  Matthias Goerne
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